HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!
I've always felt that way about birthdays.
On Liam's birthday, we visited a museum, had cake, and talked through itranslate, which is always fun!
The line to the museum was probably 20 minutes long and extremely hot and sticky. I felt like I was at Six Flags waiting on a ride, wearing the entirely wrong outfit. Miserable! My clothes were sticking to me. Thankfully there was plenty of air conditioning inside.
|The museum. It looks like a Lego creation|
|Trying to get Chanz to cooperate for a family|
photo, as usual! Some big tower behind us
|Dreaming of being in Florida, or anywhere more American!|
|It's sideways, but this is an entire ivory carving. Liam|
pointed to the tusk and said, "Elephant!"
|Liam really wanted me to take a picture of this...|
|Frog bones. I didn't even know they HAD bones..|
|Liam and a gator|
|Chanz and Liam look at dinosaur bones|
|The little girl with us shoots bubbles and Liam chases them|
|Happy Birthday! Chocolate icing on the outside, icing|
and cake on the inside, also pineapple
|He couldn't WAIT to eat his cake! Chanz is just getting sleepy|
I asked him if he read the letter we sent to him while he was in the orphanage, and he said someone read it to him. We looked at the picture book I sent and talked about different things. He was curious about my nephew, Isaiah, who is a couple of years younger than him. There was a photo album the orphanage sent and he seemed happy to look at pictures of him and his friends. We talked about the different kids. One of them he shared a room with, another was a really good friend.
me:: Are you ready to go to America
me:: The food is different
him :: (Shrug) with a gesture that said "oh well"
me:: The people look different
him:: Same shrug and 'oh well
I didn't ask too many more questions (yet) as there will be time for that. I have no idea what he knows or doesn't know about America but he's a bright kid. I honestly feel he will fit in quite well.
He is VERY protective over the iPad we gave him and will not let Chanz near it. I told him that it's ok if Chanz touches it, it will not break. He hesitantly nodded his head. I imagine it's a new thing to have something that is all his. Chanz *does like to pick. If he knows something is off-limits like that, he will be sneaky and laugh like an evil villan once he does get a hold of it lol
I just had a banana and a glass of coke for lunch. Not too bad! According to all the pictures I just looked at, I could stand to skip a few meals. It is nearly impossible to stick to a diet/exercise plan when you spend 2 solid months on adoption paperwork that should take a year and then travel to a country where the staple is fresh fruits and vegetables, which is good, but also lots of starches.